Overview of recent European projects coordinated by the OÖ Energiesparverband:
Triggering the market uptake of energy performance contracting through street lighting refurbishment projects
Most European regions have not yet seen a significant development of their energy performance contracting (EPC) markets. Apart from legal barriers, this can be attributed to the lack of understanding and trust in EPC and the absence of experienced ESCOs and organisations facilitating the EPC market development.
Street lighting is a good "learning and testing ground" for EPC due to its lower technical and economic complexity (compared to building-related EPC). The recent market introduction of LED technology for street lighting offers high savings with comparatively short pay-back times.
The IEE-project "STREETLIGHT-EPC", which is coordinated by the OÖ Energiesparverband, will create demand and supply for EPC projects in 9 regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services. These services will provide comprehensive support both to municipalities (operators of street lighting), with a focus on smaller municipalities, and to SMEs as potential ESCOs.
The project team includes 9 regional agencies/organisations that will provide the EPC facilitation services and 9 municipalities that are committed to implement EPC projects.